14 Oct 12:00 - 21 Oct 07:00 - Santa Cruz
Galapagos Tip Top - Dive & Training Facility
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The Galapagos Rebreathers 2019 trip is on its way!
Following the success of our latest comprehensive rebreather trip to the Galapagos in 2017, we are now organising the next biennial trip for October 2019. These trips represent the pinnacle in aquatic interaction on closed circuit rebreathers in the Galapagos and offer unique encounters unavailable on open circuit scuba.
This trip is available to a very limited and select group of divers. The Galapagos archipelago is a world famous hotspot for observing marine mega fauna, especially sharks. The use of rebreather technologies provides great opportunity for very close wildlife experiences in the islands.
In the Galapagos hundreds of hammerhead sharks and rays cruising overhead, while big schools of Galapagos sharks wonder very close, can be the fore playing scene for a bus sized whale shark to appear out of the blue…
This is a reason why many diving enthusiasts and underwater imaging specialists come every year. But very few of the regular tourists will ever have the opportunity to witness this world patrimony national park in its perfect silence. If the experience is amazing enough in Open Circuit imagine it with the bubble less and quiet and moist environment a rebreather provides.
From October 14th to 21st, 2019 a rebreather oriented expedition to the Galapagos Islands is being organized by PADI Course Directors and Technical Instructor Trainers Andy Phillips and Jorge Mahauad. The specialized trip is supported by Jorge A. Mahauad and Galapagos Rebreathers.
Organizers have chartered Humboldt Explorer, a 35 meter steel hulled licensed live-aboard vessel with capacity to accommodate 16 divers in 8 air-conditioned double occupancy cabins with private bath and showers. A comfortable dive deck and a camera table are available for all divers. Social areas include a partially covered sundeck with Jacuzzi, ample seating space and a salon including a lounge and dining area.
Galapagos Rebreathers will provide an expedition technician to operate boosters and deliver high pressure oxygen. Granular or pre-packed CO2 absorbent, on board steel 2 or 3 liter rebreather cylinders with in line style valves and 6 liter aluminum bailout cylinders with DIN convertible valves and stage / sidemount rigging will be available for all rebreather divers.
It's worth combining with a week before or after doing other trips on the islands or in Ecuador or Peru.
Here's a sample itinerary;
Day 1 (day of arrival) On Monday you will arrive aboard at San Cristobal Island, followed by a check out dive at Itabaca channel. This site is the home for many sea lions, as well as sand dollars, black-blotched stingrays, puffers and sea stars.
Day 2 Morning dives are scheduled at Punta Carrion which gives the opportunity to see Galapagos garden eels, sea turtles, sea lions, fur seals, golden eagle rays, yellowtail grunts, bigeye jacks, schools of snappers and frequent sightings of whitetip reef sharks, hammerheads, and Galapagos sharks. An afternoon land based tour will be offered on North Seymour to view Blue footed boobies, Iguanas and Gannets.
Day 3 - 6 Every day three dives will be made at Wolf Island or Darwin Island. These dive sites are very well known for the high presence of hammerheads, and big Galapagos sharks. There is also the likelihood of seeing marine turtles, various types of rays, mantas, dolphins, moray eels, and invertebrates.
Day 7 Two dives are scheduled at Cousins where often eagle rays, manta rays, sea horses and Galapagos sharks can be spotted. Followed by a Guided visit to the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the afternoon. Cousins Rock is a perfect site for seeing black juvenile corals, Galapagos seahorses, octopuses, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, green sea turtles, eagle rays, and schools of barracudas.
Day 8 (day of departure) Check out day and departure from San Cristobal.
This itinerary is subject to change without notice by the authorities of the Galapagos National Park Service depending on environmental reasons.
On our trips in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2105, 2017 we had Whale sharks, Hammerheads, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Sea lions, hundreds of schooling fish, turtles, and wait for it………………….Orcas!!!!!
No surprises trip fee is US$6495 per rebreather diver. Price includes the following items:
Accommodation on double occupancy cabins on board M/Y Humboldt Explorer
Transportation to and from dive sites
All meals on board, coffee, tea and drinking water
Air diluent and bailout (rebreather divers only)
Sofnolime 8-12 (1 - 2.5mm) CO2 absorbent or equivalent in pre-packed cartridges. (rebreather divers only)
Two Open Circuit Galapagos Marine Reserve dive masters.
One Rebreather support technician for the entire duration of the trip (rebreather divers only)
High pressure (150+ bar) medical grade Oxygen provided from Haskell Booster Pump. (rebreather divers only)
Rental of one set of 2 or 3 liter steel cylinders for on board gas with in line style valves (rebreather divers only)
Rental of one 40cf / 5,7 liter bailout cylinder with DIN/Yoke 200 bar convertible valve (rebreather divers only)
Stage or sidemount rigging for off board bailout system. (rebreather divers only)
Additional costs not included in trip fee:
Tips and Gratuities
Round Trip air ticket to the Galapagos Islands
Migratory control card tax
Galapagos National Park entry fee
Transfers and hotels in Ecuador mainland
Additional extensions in Galapagos
To confirm a place we require a deposit 50% of $3250 (balance due 180 days in advance of departure date), and as the policy is non-refundable we recommend trip insurance.
Although there are 16 places on the boat we expect these places to go fast, and often reservations for Galapagos are needed 18-24 months in advance. The diving is some of the best in the world, and our groups tend to be experienced divers, which gives us a more enhanced group diving experience.
Do this trip whilst fish stocks last and in good company of fellow dive pro's! Check out footage from past trips (copy and paste into browser);
It's the trip of a lifetime!!!
Let me know if you have any questions and hope you can join us. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +13054205959.